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Organizational Structure

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Charter and Bylaws
The operating rules for YDA are the Charter and ByLaws. A copy of both is available to all members on the YDA website and available upon request.

The National Platform of YDA is debated and adopted at the biennial convention of the membership. It is available on the YDA website.

National Committee
Membership is composed of all state presidents, state committeemen and state committeewomen of chartered states; elected chairs of official YDA Caucuses; elected directors of the eight YDA Regions; elected executive officers of the YDA; administrative officers; chairs of the all standing committees; the President Emeritus; the Judicial Council chair, the President of the College Democrats of America and two members of the College Democrats of America (1 male and 1 female). The Chair of each Select Committee and Executive Director shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member. No person can cast more than one vote on the National Committee by virtue of holding multiple offices. (Article IV, National Committee)

Executive Committee
Membership is composed of all elected Chairs of the official YDA Caucuses; elected Directors of the eight YDA Regions; elected Executive Officers of the YDA; the Executive Director; President Emeritus; President of the College Democrats of America; the Chair of each Standing Committee; the Chair of the Judicial Council; and each Administrative Officers as provided in the charter. The Chair of each Select Committee, the Executive Director, and other administrative officers shall be ex-officio, non-voting members. (Article V, Executive Committee)

Standing Committees
Membership is composed of the Appointed Chair and Vice-Chair and a representative from each chartered state. (Article IV, Section 430)

Handles official certification of voting credentials at YDA meetings & conventions

Rules & Charter

Handles all amendments to the YDA Charter and Bylaws


Handles all resolutions submitted to YDA for approval

Select Committees
Membership is composed of the Appointed Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary and a representative per Region.

Affirmative Action
Coordinates activities with the Affirmative Action Committee of the Democratic National Committee and implements policies and programs of affirmative action at every level within YDA.

Establishes a national Young Democrats campaign plan, designed to coordinate the efforts of Young Democrats with the Democratic National Committee to maximize turnout and ensure Democratic success at the voting booth.

Oversees the budgetary functions of the organization, including review, modification and acceptance of the Presidential Executive Budget. Plans events and other efforts to raise and spend the funds of the organization.

Site Selection
Manages the process for selecting the host chapter and further to coordinate planning with that chapter for the national convention.

Caucus leadership is chosen by the membership of the caucus at the YDA Biennial National Convention. Membership of the various caucuses are defined by the YDA Bylaws, which are housed at the national office. Any YDA member may attend all functions of any caucus. Caucuses serve to further the involvement and leadership training of the various Base Vote constituencies within the YDA, and foster the education of the youth electorate within these constituencies:

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered
Disability Issues

The membership of the YDA is divided into eight Regions. Each Region elects officers and selects representatives to the select committees and the Judicial Council. Regions convene meetings in accordance to the YDA Bylaws. Each region establishes it own bylaws and officer structure. (Article IX)

Northeast: CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT
Mid-Atlantic: DE, DC, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV, YDA Abroad
Southeast: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VI
Great Lakes: IL, IN, MI, OH
Midwest: IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI
Southcentral: AR, LA, MO, OK, TX
Southwest: AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, WY
Pacific: AK, AS, CA, GU, HA, ID, MT, OR, WA

Judicial Council
Handles any ethical disputes and disputes of the YDA Charter (Article VIII)

Meetings and Conventions
The National Committee is required to meet at least two times per year (on opposite sides of the Mississippi River), but generally meets three times a year. The YDA also holds a biennial convention during odd-numbered years. The Executive Committee may meet at times other than National Meetings.


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Last updated: August 19, 2005



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